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As the global leader in supporting scientific research that advances veterinary medicine, Morris Animal Foundation has invested more than $100 million toward more than 2,400 studies to improve the health and well-being of dogs, cats, horses, llamas/alpacas and wildlife.

At any given time, Morris Animal Foundation is managing more than 200 active studies. Each year, we also fund about 30 veterinary student scholar projects. Search our health study database by species or area of study to learn more about research that will make a true difference in the lives of animals—today and tomorrow.

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Using a Novel Feeding System to Decrease Obesity and Metabolic Disease in Horses

Obesity and metabolic disease increase a horse’s risk of developing laminitis, a painful condition of the feet. Researchers will evaluate a novel method for inducing weight loss and improving metabolic function (sensitivity to insulin) in overweight ponies. They will use a dynamic feeding system that requires ponies to walk in order to access food, thereby providing them with unsupervised, prolonged exercise. Reseachers will then evaluate how increased exercise affects body condition and insulin sensitivity and determine if the feeding system is an effective treatment option for obesity and metabolic disease in horses/ponies. Providing a safe, accessible and effective approach to managing and preventing obesity and metabolic disease in horses will reduce the incidence of diseases such as laminitis and osteoarthritis. 

Principal Investigator: Dr. Melody A. de Laat, Queensland University of Technology, Pilot Study

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Study ID: D14EQ-813

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